Involvement of small scale farmers in policy formulation prerequisite for adoption of modern technology in agricultural production in Nigeria
Traditional farming system in Nigeria is markedly subsistence oriented with the attendant poor yield. Efforts by governments to introduce mechanical means by massively importing agricultural machineries and distributing to farmers for mechanization of agricultural practices, have consistently failed because the small farmers who are to use these motorized equipment lack the capacity to sustain and use them. Experiences have shown that only locally manufactured agricultural machineries that can be locally repaired and maintained are more readily adopted by the small scale farmers. Thus, for agricultural mechanization to succeed in Nigeria, the mechanical means required for agricultural operations need to be developed, manufactured in the country. Farmers should also be involved in formulating policies or taking decisions on the affairs that affect them.
Umeghalu ICE. Involvement of small scale farmers in policy formulation prerequisite for adoption of modern technology in agricultural production in Nigeria. International Journal of Research in Advanced Engineering and Technology, Volume 5, Issue 3, 2019, Pages 50-52